Post by Michael Carnes on May 11, 2020 6:54:28 GMT -6
Thanks for the post, Vincent. It was well-written and a sobering read. My musical life these days is much closer to the Simon Rattle world (especially his crack obout contemporary music concerts), so the details are different. But the pain and the hit in the wallet are very similar for those in the classical world. Most players--even those with symphony gigs--make a living by patching together university teaching, private lessons and playing in ensembles. Touring is a rare thing and income from CDs/streaming is a joke. The halls are empty and most of the players are furloughed. So finding a way to make a sustainable income--whether now on the web or in some future of reduced concerts--is a real challenge anywhere you look. No matter what politicians say about 'opening up', there aren't many people who will be attending live events for quite some time. As much as you want to hear your favorites, you also don't want to bring this awful virus home with you.